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Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2019
Hiking6.17 Miles 897 AEG
Hiking6.17 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.30 mph
897 ft AEG      1 Min Break
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Wildflower hunt again. I would go later in the afternoon to assure the poppies were open for business and I would have nice light and maybe get a pretty setting sun. Once again, I would be foiled on the light situation as the sun was being disagreeable. I know I should have done some elevation today but the wildflowers will not wait.

They are re-doing this TH now, looks like it will be nice. On my drive in I had seen some large patches of poppies so I had hoped I would see the same on my hike. Lo and behold as I rounded the first corner, yep, a patch of poppies and owl clover too. I just hoped the rattlesnakes were not around as I wanted to get out in it to set up a photo with a nice background. Back on this amazing trail or pathway really, it was a nice hike with my new camera in hand shooting 4k video. This was its maiden voyage. It's a little heavier so that will take some getting used to when you balance your camera on your pinky while shooting and hiking.

I do love this trail though as you wind thru the yucca area, then the boulder area and then swing to the left (southish) as you round a couple corners toward the south side. There were patches of flora everywhere and in some areas it was astonishing with the lupine and poppy mix. One area was just magical :D ; you really had to be there. I had encountered just a few hikers up to this point and maybe four more before there were no longer any hikers, just bikers. I continued on my way videoing most of the time as the flora and scenery just kept on giving; what's a Tibber to do but to keep on filming.

I spotted what I call a couple streams of poppies, so lovely. What I love about this hike today is you had it all with the flora, the cactus, the saguaros, the boulders, the mountains, the sky... UNTIL the sun decided it was going to stay filtered and the poppies suddenly got cold and fluted up. I was not happy. Plus, it was actually getting chilly. Just like it did two years ago about to the week when I last did this hike. I continued on my way thinking as I rounded the west side that the flora would dissipate only to find it still flowering. There were ponds of poppies and lupine here and there.

I also noticed the poppies were all the way up the side of the mountain but that is hard to convey in film or pictures. As I was walking on the Northish side I remembered the crested saguaro I had seen so I stopped and looked around for it and found it and took some zoomed shots of that beauty. The flora was less on this north side but still had patches here and there. However, the poppies were definitely not puttin' out.

As I started my turn south the views to the NE were pretty fabulous as the sun was lighting up that area, just not where I was. From the little saddle back to the TH there was still lots of flora with way more saguaros now. I could also see the sun was lighting up the Superstitions, once again not me :( . I zoomed in for a couple photos. Later I would see a deer, but just barely as it was somewhat dark with hardly any sun. I asked her to stay put so that I could get around a tree as I would need to do some significant zooming to make her famous. I spoke to her in a high pitched voice which seemed to captivate or scare her as she didn't move an inch, ha!.

And now for the last bit to the TH where as I suspected, the sun tried to come out. I had spotted a Sun Dog from the north side of the hike where I had taken a couple pictures that didn't come out very good but from this vantage point and a little zooming, you can see the edges of the dog. I always think of my brothers when I see a Sun Dog as the first one I saw was coming back from a hike at Spur Cross with them.

Videos: and since I was hiking alone, you all were more or less hiking with me so there's lots of narration. And if you like wildflowers, you'll get more than enough of them here.
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[ youtube video ] and two more yet to be uploaded. Almost got a video per mile :lol: , ya I know, NOT funny.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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